Star Serves: Curlew

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Welcome to the second edition of Star Serves by Imbibe, where we shine alight on some of the fantastic bartending talent in the UK and the drinks being created. In this issue we asked a range of brands to work with a bartender to develop a bespoke seasonal serve.

We hope that the drinks featured here will give you inspiration for your own cocktail list and help you to add a seasonal twist to your drinks offer.Whether you recreate some of the drinks on these pages or devise a seasonal serve of your own, we’d love to know what recipes you’reworking on. So share your ideas and pictures with us on Twitter @imbibeUK or on

Bushmills Black Bush


Connor Bloomfield, The Sun Tavern

We’re coming into spring and summer, which is when whiskey can take a bit of a hit, so I’ve created a tropical drink that’s refreshing, but still has a boozy element at the end of it,’ declares Connor Bloomfield of his short, stirred drink.

‘It’s a tiki Old Fashioned-style drink, so I wanted to try to bringout more of the tropical fruit that’s coming through on the whiskey. Bushmills Black Bush is a bit of a heavy hitter-style whiskey, so you want something that’s going to come through.

Banana and absinthe can be quite overpowering flavours, but by using the Black Bush it just shoots through in the end, and these become complementary to it instead. Absinthe is a staple in tiki drinks, too. It’s a fun, easy Old Fashioned, a bit easier for people to drink instead of just pure booze.’


Glass: Rocks
Garnish: Maraschino cherries on a stick
Method: Stir and strain.

50ml Bushmills Black Bush
15ml Byrrh Grand Quinquina
5ml banana liqueur
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 dash absinthe


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